Essential Kit: Emergency Recharge your Smartphone

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Does your smartphone run out of juice, often? Here is a neat solution to recharge your devices without a power outlet.

When your phone runs out of power, it can feel like a disaster. It normally happens to me when I absolutely – utterly – totally need it not to, like using GPS to find my way somewhere. I normally have battery backup – but there has been painful occasions when I’m totally out of power…

Then what do we do?

So here is a neat solution to those disasters. A hand-crank recharger that works off human power. Plugin you charger cable, connect it to your phone, and begin turning the crank.

Hey presto! Your phone is re-charged.

These things work a treat, and can re-charge most devices that use USB. No longer do we have to suffer periods of total-blackout, just when we don’t need it.

Here is a great example – the K-Tor 120 Volt 10 Watt Hand Crank Generator (pictured). This baby has enough output to recharge most portable devices, even a laptop.

Essential for all business travellers!

Do they really work?

They sure do! But don’t expect to just turn the handle a couple of times and you’re back to full charge. The power generated is like a wall socket, so your phone will recharge at the same rate as a standard re-charge. Which means, to get to a full charge, you might be turning that crank for many minutes. So they’re really only for emergency use.

That said, they work a treat.

What to look for when choosing one

There are many different models to choose from, but here are a few pointers for you:

  • If you’re an Apple user, make sure that the device outputs to the what your Apple product needs, which is often higher than other smartphones or tablets. The iPad is especially fussy
  • Look for devices that output about 10 Watts. Lower output will mean you’ve got to crank a lot more!
  • Check that the device will stand rigorous use. Some of the cheaper units are not sturdily built and are likely to break when you need it the most
  • Check that your chosen device will fit into your bag, case or pocket

This post is part 2 of 10 in the series Tech

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Truthsayers Neurotech, the world's first Neurotech platform servicing the enterprise. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and Associate Member of the Agile Business Consortium.

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